NYC Bans Pharmacies From Selling Cigarettes & Tobacco Products

New York – Starting off the new year, cigarettes and other tobacco products will be banned from all New York City pharmacies, including supermarkets and big box stores with a pharmacy section.

The city estimates this will affect about 500 pharmacies.

The average price of a pack of cigarettes in New York is $13, the highest in the United States.

Legislators recently banned smoking in NYCHA housing. E-cigarette sales were banned in pharmacies last August.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Health Department are instilling the tobacco ban though there are still more than 873,000 smokers in New York City.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at, current smoking rates have declined from 20.9 percent (nearly 21 of every 100 adults) in 2005 to 15.5 percent (more than 15 of every 100 adults) in 2016.

The CDC states that, “Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the Unites States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year, or about 1 in 5 deaths.”

“People trust pharmacies to help them stay well. They should be helping smokers quit, not the opposite,” said Dr. Herminia Palacio, deputy mayor for Health and Human Services.


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